SMITH: After Sandy, she's out to blanket Brooklyn

Marlene Scinto needed to do something with her hands, her time.

Now well into her 60s, the Santa Rosa native and former Albertson's clerk had spent most of the past three decades caring for her ailing parents, Larry and Tee (Bertoli) Scinto.

After her mother died in 2010 she began to make fleece blankets. Colorful, two sided ones.

"I intended to sell them," Scinto said. Then superstorm Sandy knocked out the heat back East.

"They need blankets," she said. And she happens to have about 100.

She's on a mission. Having decided she'll send all her blankets to storm victims in the suffering Red Hook area of Brooklyn, she's working to find a church or other agency there that will receive her shipment.

"Look at the pictures (on the news). They're cold. They break my heart."

She won't rest until she's blanketed Brooklyn.

CHRISTMAS IS NIGH and certain businesses are preparing to open on Thanksgiving and work every angle to maximize holiday sales.

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